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Korean Journal of General Education 2012;6(3):691-719.
Published online September 30, 2012.
The Biologism within Consilience: how physics makes an effect on the shape of biology
Ho-Young Ahn
통섭에 내재된 ‘생물학주의’
In 19th and 20th century, it is noticeable that both physicists and mathematicians have tried to introduce theirs methodology to the biology, especially physiology. In particular, by exploring the phenomena at the molecular levels using the quantum mechanics, the role of physics and mathematics is strengthened in biology. The thoughts and concepts of physicists and mathematicians also have smeared into biology. Therefore, it might be said that both the physicalism and the reductionism prevail in the general sciences including biology even in these days. Throughout the processes, these ideas or concepts may enter into the controversies surrounding the concept of consilience proposed by Wilson. The purpose of this study is to shed new light on how the ideas of concepts in physics and mathematics have been transferred to biology, and how the biologism could come to the fore historically. It can be called biologism to try to make all the disciplines biological. Furthermore, the idea of the biologism has been formed with help of the seamless matrix of causation in the discussion of the Consilience, for this biologism we can identify the internalized thinking habits which have been spreaded out from physics and mathematics. Then we would have the critical examination for the thinking habits which is internalized the biologism
Key Words: Biologism, Sociobiology, Consilience, Physics, Biology, Molecular biology
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